Flow in my opinion hasn’t fully gotten that recognition of being a brand that makes more than bindings which is a little sad as they make some great snowboards. Is the Verve one of those snowboards with a serious wow factor or is it just another snowboard that will get the job done? Perhaps this review will answer that.
Board: Flow Verve
Camber Option: EZ-Rock Rocker. Mellow reverse camber between the feet with camber under foot.
Bindings: Rome 390 Boss
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies with below average temps making the snow slightly abrasive and sticky.
Flex: Below a middle of the road. The tips have a lot of play in them slightly stiffening up under foot then getting softer between the feet. The torsional give is highly abundant. Basically this is a slightly stiffer jib stick or softer twin park deck.
Stability: There’s a lot of chatter in the tips at high speeds. When you’re flying through pushed around snow you can feel all the transitions in the snow which makes for an interesting ride. Basically don’t think this board is going to be damp.
Ollies: There’s enough pop in the tips to get on jibs or to have small ollies off rollers but don’t expect it to boost. It’s a really lazy snap when you initiate it.
Pop On Jumps: There’s enough for small to some medium sized hits but don’t expect this to excel at large booters.
Butterability: This board was meant to be pressed around on the snow. The tips are so soft you can get up on them and play around. The Rocker Bands under foot give the base a convex shape which also helps elevate the edges off the snow.
Jibbing: Much like buttering this board is designed for jibbing. The blunted shape and flex pattern really let you get over your presses and lock in with ease. Sliding is easy and you can’t notice the convex base but it does help.
Carving: The softer flex coupled with the camber profile and sidecut let you center flex this board to get a harder carve out of the center. The problem is that the tips being softer you can’t initiate as quick as something that’s a little stiffer. The basic break down is that it can carve moderately OK but is not superb at it.
Rider in Mind: Someone that’s doing more jibbing than jumping and spending their time riding smaller features in the park.
Personal Thoughts: This is like the bastard little brother to the Era a board that can do it all in my opinion. For someone starting out this board makes sense and would be fun to learn on as you get to a more intermediate level that is pushing progression you’ll eventually out grow it. Over all it’s a board that gets the job done but it didn’t have a serious ‘WOW’ factor.
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Disclaimer: This board was loaned to us from the Flow Snowboards Rockies rep for product review.